DAVID J. RUDOLPH excerpt from DAVID J. RUDOLPH’s book «A MESSIANIC JEWISH RESPONSE» I ask, then, has God rejected his people? By no means! As regards election, they are beloved for the sake of their forefathers. For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.1 (Romans 11:1,28—29) In 2019 I had the pleasure of attending a public debate between N. T. Wright and Mark Kinzer, a Messianic Jew, that focused on two questions: (1) Are non-Messianic Jews members of God’s covenanted people? And (2) if so, do they as a people have a unique covenantal calling that distinguishes their… Подробнее »A MESSIANIC JEWISH RESPONSE
Is there something idealistic and holy in loving the Jewish people? Or is this just another form of nationalism, an emotion far less noble than a universal love for all peoples? Chanukah Lights The minimal obligation during Chanukah is to light one candle each night of the holiday. The academies of Hillel and Shamai, however, disagreed as to the optimal way to light: “The school of Shamai ruled that the most punctilious individuals (Mehadrin min HaMehadrin) light eight lights on the first day, and the number of lights decreases each day. But the school of Hillel ruled that they should… Подробнее »Chanukah: The Highest Love
*Reprinted from the Journal of Ecumenical Studies, 19:1, Winter 1982 Rabbi Emden(1697—1776) was one of the leading Torah authorities of the past several centuries. Historians of the rabbinate have often compared him to Maimonides, both having written on all branches of Jewish knowledge, and both having shared a pragmatic and even innovative approach. Even those who disagreed with him sought his opinion, and he is read with interest to this day. Thus, Moses Mendelssohn, founder of the Haskalah (Enlightenment) movement, wrote to him as «your disciple, who thirsts for your words.» Although Emden did not approve of the Hasidic movement—which had its beginnings in… Подробнее »RABBI JACOB EMDEN’S VIEWS ON CHRISTIANITY* and THE NOACHIDE COMMANDMENTS
Messianic Rabbi: This One Biblical Truth Can Save Your Troubled Marriage Rabbi Eric Tokajer Charisma Media archives Read Time: 3 Minutes 13 Seconds In Judaism, we read the Torah (the first five books of the Bible) in a cycle every year beginning in the Fall. Each year as I start over, I prayerfully read the weekly portion with hopes that I will see something that I have not seen previously. Because the Torah is a living document which contains the eternal Words of G-D, I have never been disappointed in my search for something new. This year while reading, I… Подробнее »Messianic Rabbi: This One Biblical Truth Can Save Your Troubled Marriage
The Cool Kids DARA HOR he teenage boys who played competitive athletics in the gymnasium in Jerusalem 2,100 years ago had their circumcisions reversed, because otherwise they wouldn’t have been allowed to play. In the Hellenistic empire that conquered Judea, sports were sacred, the entry point to being a person who mattered, the ultimate height of cool—and sports, of course, were always played in the nude. As one can imagine, ancient genital surgery of this nature was excruciating and potentially fatal. But the boys did not want to miss out. I learned this fun fact in seventh grade, from a… Подробнее »The Cool Kids
Pray Your Uncensored Thoughts ESTHER SMITH 5 Questions to Help Change Unwanted Thoughts Too often, we want to have the “right” thoughts before we go to God—thoughts that are true, reasonable, and figured out. But often this isn’t possible. We can’t always change what we’re thinking in an instant just because we want to. What’s more, I don’t believe this is what God asks of us. God invites us into his presence where he can transform even our uncensored thoughts. Pour Out Your Heart Psalm 62:8 extends an invitation: “Pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us.”… Подробнее »Pray Your Uncensored Thoughts
THANK YOU PRAYER About the Author: Rabbi Loren HEAVENLY FATHER, THANK YOU FOR ALL THAT YOU HAVE ALLOWED AND NOT ALLOWED IN OUR LIVES. THANK YOU FOR UNANSWERED PRAYER. IT REMINDS US THAT YOU KNOW WHAT’S BEST FOR US EVEN WHEN OUR OPINION DIFFERS. THANK YOU, HEAVENLY FATHER, FOR THE TIMES YOU HAVE SAID “NO.” THEY HAVE HELPED US DEPEND ON YOU MORE. THANK YOU FOR THE DOORS YOU HAVE CLOSED. THEY HAVE PREVENTED US FROM GOING WHERE YOU WOULD RATHER NOT HAVE US GO. THANK YOU FOR THE THINGS YOU HAVE WITHHELD. YOU HAVE PROTECTED US FROM DANGERS WE MAY… Подробнее »THANK YOU PRAYER
Your Bread of Choice About the Author: Rabbi Glenn For most of you this is review; but for those who are new here, or are watching for the first time, Jewish history is summed up in three statements. Say it with me… What is it about food being such a big part of everything? We feast at Chanukkah and we feast at Purim. And as Passover draws near… more food. Think about it: Adonai could have accomplished Israel’s national redemption – the Exodus from Egypt, without a lamb roast dinner. Yet He chose to do it this way (and, of course, those lambs… Подробнее »Your Bread of Choice
The Beast I Become How to Bring Bitterness to God Scott Hubbard Sometimes, as you watch the hand of God’s providence draw some picture in your life, the pencil suddenly turns, and what you thought would be a flower turns into a thorn. The unanswered prayer seemed finally heard, the hope deferred seemed at last fulfilled — but no. You reach for the daisy and get pricked, instead, by a thistle. C.S. Lewis’s marriage to Joy Davidman strikes me in this regard. The couple married later in life, when Joy appeared to be dying of cancer. After a prayer for healing, however,… Подробнее »The Beast I Become How to Bring Bitterness to God
HOW TO DEAL WITH CALAMITY THE JEHOSHAPHAT WAY Stories like that of King Jehoshaphat in 2 Chronicles 20 may be thousands of years old, but this one in particular seems as relevant today as ever! Let’s look at how Jehoshaphat responds to impending doom, and what we can learn from his great example… Trouble of great magnitude has come up against Israel before and it will again. But wonderfully, we have a guidebook to surviving calamity. This magnificent book gives many pieces of trustworthy advice about how to survive and even thrive against all odds. The wisdom is tried and… Подробнее »HOW TO DEAL WITH CALAMITY THE JEHOSHAPHAT WAY
We are often tempted by destructive or selfish impulses. How can we control and resist these urges? When King David called upon his opponents to repent, he counseled them: רִגְזוּ וְאַל-תֶּחֱטָאוּ. אִמְרוּ בִלְבַבְכֶם עַל-מִשְׁכַּבְכֶם, וְדֹמּוּ סֶלָה. (תהילים ד:ה) “Tremble and do not sin. Speak in your hearts upon your bed, and be still forever.” (Psalms 4:5) According to third-century scholar Rabbi Shimon ben Lakish — himself a well-known penitent — this verse outlines a four-step program how to master the temptations of the yeitzer hara, the evil inclination. These are four tools to overcome negative urges and unhealthy desires. But if the ultimate weapon… Подробнее »Psalm 4: Controlling Negative Impulses
«TO THE JEW FIRST»: WHAT DOES IT MEAN AND WHY DOES IT MATTER? There are two problems that Gentiles used to wrestle with back in the first century, and even though the Bible gives us wonderful solutions to these two problems, they still plague many people today!What are these problems, and what help does the Bible give to us to solve them? PROBLEM ONE: “I’M A WORTHLESS GENTILE… I WISH I WERE JEWISH!” The first problem is a deflated sense of worth. Sadly, there are Gentiles who are unhappy with the identity God has given them, and wish they were… Подробнее »TO THE JEW FIRST: WHAT DOES IT MEAN AND WHY DOES IT MATTER?
Why Not Judaism for Jews and Christianity for Gentiles? Michael Brown In the midst of the ongoing controversy concerning GOD TV’s new Hebrew speaking channel in Israel, a larger question has emerged. Is it right for Christians to share their faith with Jews? After all, the Jewish people were chosen by God and have the Torah and their traditions. Why try to “convert” them to an alien faith, especially in light of centuries of “Christian” antisemitism? Why not leave the Jewish people with their faith and offer Jesus to the Gentiles? As attractive and irenic as this sounds, it cannot work for… Подробнее »Why Not Judaism for Jews and Christianity for Gentiles?
Where did the Pope come from? Many Catholics claim that Peter was the first pope. Yet there is no biblical or even historical evidence for this idea. Josephus never refers to a pope, and certainly, the New Testament does not. Even Catholic historians must admit that the idea of one person having central power is foreign to the New Testament and the century that followed. Most Christian scholars from both sides of this divide agree that the threefold structure of ministry, with one Bishop along with a number of presbyters and deacons and each local church, does not appear in… Подробнее »Where did the Pope come from?
What Does the Jewish Community Want From Jewish Followers of Jesus? «Just like the first followers of Yeshua were Jews who continued to live as Jews, so also these Messianic Jews live today.» Michael Brown Back in April, the Jewish world was shocked to learn that a Gentile Christian couple was living in an ultra-Orthodox section of Jerusalem, claiming to be Jews, with the husband serving as a rabbi. In response to that scandal, I wrote an article titled, “As Jewish Followers of Jesus We Deplore Deceptive Techniques.” As Messianic Jews, we too were shocked to read this report. This… Подробнее »What Does the Jewish Community Want From Jewish Followers of Jesus?
History of Messianic Judaism Published on June 19, 2018 While the history of Jewish Believers in Yeshua (Jesus) is nearly 2,000 years old – dating to Yeshua’s first disciples – the modern Messianic Jewish movement (also commonly called Messianic Judaism) is relatively young. The modern Messianic movement has evolved through five specific periods of recent history. 5 Eras of Jewish Faith in Yeshua 1. Formation Before Yeshua’s death, His earthly ministry focused on Jewish people. He told the Canaanite woman that He “was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel” (Matthew 15:21‒28). After His resurrection, He… Подробнее »History of Messianic Judaism
10 Biggest Lies about Yeshua, His Jewishness, and What Some Call ‘Jewish Christianity’ More Jewish People live in America than anywhere else in the world, with the possible exception of Israel. And yet, efforts to reach the Jewish People with the Good News have not been very successful in the U.S. The Idea of Messianic Judaism, or what some call Jewish Christianity, can be confusing to Jewish People. Many Christians who have tried to share their faith with Jewish friends, co-workers, or family members have often been met with rejection. Jewish Believer Rabbi Jonathan Bernis notes, however: It is important… Подробнее »10 Biggest Lies about Yeshua, His Jewishness, and What Some Call ‘Jewish Christianity’
Messianic Rabbi: Our Exodus Doesn’t End at the Red Sea Eric Tokajer In this week’s blog, I am going to write about something that may challenge your beliefs concerning one of the most foundational doctrines held by those who believe in Yeshua as the Messiah of Israel. I am saying this in the opening paragraph for two reasons: first, in hope that you the reader will take the time to consider what I am sharing in light of the entirety of the Holy Scriptures, and second, in hope that you will read the entire blog before making any conclusions about… Подробнее »Messianic Rabbi: Our Exodus Doesn’t End at the Red Sea
New Hebrew University study probes how Israelis and Germans perceive each other The two countries are at a critical stage in their relationship, says the study’s lead author; “We need to look to the future. History is a strong pillar but it fades away.” The German and Israeli flags. Credit: DPA. The Hebrew University of Jerusalem on Wednesday released the results of a recent study on how Israelis and Germans perceive each other. According to the survey’s designers, the results reveal a “complex picture,” showing attitudes varying with ethnicity, age and a number of other factors. The survey was prepared… Подробнее »New Hebrew University study probes how Israelis and Germans perceive each other
Many titans of industry and finance collaborated with Adolf Hitler to produce weapons, seize Jewish property and exploit concentration camp labor. By GLENN C. ALTSCHULER A BMW model at the International Geneva Motor Show. The author draws attention to German companies that got rich off the suffering of Jews and other oppressed persons during the Nazi era. (photo credit: REUTERS) On September 30, 2007, Germany’s primary public broadcasting station aired a program entitled The Silence of the Quandts. The documentary revealed that in the 1930s and ’40s Germany’s wealthiest family produced weapons for the Nazis, seized the property of Jews, and exploited… Подробнее »Nazi billionaire dynasties built on Jewish blood explored in new book
YESHUA THE MESSIAH? Two thousand years have come and gone, but the question remains the same: Is Jesus of Nazareth the Jewish Messiah, the Savior of the world? If he is, then let’s follow him, for we have no other way. If he’s not, let’s expose him, for only the truth will set us free.Although the world is full of religions, the controversy surrounding the Messiahship of Jesus is unique, because both those who accept Jesus and those who reject him base their beliefs on one and the same Book. Jews who follow Jesus say: “He must be the Messiah.… Подробнее »YESHUA THE MESSIAH?